Behind the scenes, 5G is thriving

Alex Meehan explains how the technology’s success has gone under the radar

With 5G the end user has extra speed, and more devices can connect at the same time than with 4G. Picture: Getty

Rarely has a technology been as widely anticipated and yet seemingly underwhelming as 5G, to the point that consumers could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about. But it turns out there is a good reason why 5G hasn’t set the world on fire for consumers: it was never really meant to, for them.

Yes, it is an evolutionary step up from 4G in terms of smartphone data speeds, but according to ...